he was cut by the Major Midget team he tried out for and is playing in South Delta. Not a good 1st round choice by the Giants(Ronning name and Vancouver was a match made in heaven... great for the news).. however Giants made up for that horrible choice by drafting Jakub Stukel in the 2nd round.
finding his stride in the league finally. Hasn't been overly good and has ran into many injuries so far in his junior career.... Has a late birthday so this is the first year he is eligible for NHL draft. Ill be curious to see what happens. Very small and skilled player that is averaging just less than a point per game... good bloodlines so you never know!!!
His first goal was pretty incredible, too. Just awesome patience, poise, and anticipation with the puck.
It was also just a little bit lucky haha. He had a few point blank chances too (I remember Benson, who had some really slick passing all game set him up from behind the net and Ronning got completely robbed), he could have had an even bigger night. He played well.
The Benson, Cox, Ronning line looks pretty darn good.
He has more goals than anyone else in the WHL among draft-eligible players.
It's his play away from the puck (more than his size) which is why he isn't considered a real NHL prospect. As I have stated previously he is a one trick pony. He can snipe and finish but that is basically all. He adds very little anywhere else. Plus he has been injury prone (dodged that bullet so far this season) but I have a feeling he will end that streak eventually. He has a knack for skating with his head down.
I think he's got enough skill that throwing a 7th round pick is worth a shot. Long term, he's probably a very long shot...but even if he turns into a good AHL player for a few years, that's not a bad outcome for a 7th round pick.
I'd say he got drafted exactly where he should have been. Enough skill to potentially pan out. But not a well rounded player and far from a guarantee to even play in the NHL never mind become a regular player. At that point in the draft it's worth a shot. Anything earlier would have been a reach, IMO.